On October 15, in Brooklyn (New York, USA), the former heavyweight champion American Deontay Wilder (43-2-1, 42 KOs) knocked out the age-old Robert Helenius (31-4, 20 KOs) from Finland in the opening round in the PPV main event -show on Fox TV channel.
data columnist Dan Raphael, the organizers of the event managed to sell very few paid broadcasts in America – about 75 thousand. The PPV price is 75 USD. According to him, this is the final figure, that is, taking into account not only the live broadcast on Foxbut also on Fite.TV streaming and PPV.com.
The fight Wilder vs Helenius was the second WBC eliminator semi-final. It is expected that in the final qualifying match, the American puncher will fight the winner of the first semi-final – in it, the American-Mexican ex-champion Andy Ruiz managed to snatch the victory from the age-old Cuban ex-challenger Luis Ortiz. That fight also took place on PPV – about 65 thousand broadcasts were realized.
The winner of the Wilder vs. Ortiz fight will have the opportunity to challenge the WBC belt against the reigning British champion Tyson Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs). Wilder had previously met Fury three times, but the score was not in his favor – a draw with two early defeats.
Meanwhile, Wilder is ready to negotiate a fight with Joshua, but they are waiting for steps from Hearn. And one of the coaches of the owner of all other division belts, Ukrainian Alexander Usik, believes that Deontey is a trifling matter. The Ring magazine recently ranked Wilder number one in the heavyweight rankings.